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Sudan’s “Southern Problem”

Race, Rhetoric and International Relations, 1961-1991

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  • Examines how discourses of race and racism were used in debates about Sudan’s nationhood
  • Argues that the battle waged for international legitimacy represents a strategic and often overlooked aspect of the civil wars in Southern Sudan
  • Sets the conflicts between the Sudanese state and Southern Sudanese rebels on the international stage of the global Cold War

Part of the book series: African Histories and Modernities (AHAM)

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The book offers a history of the discourses and diplomacies of Sudan’s civil wars. It explores the battle for legitimacy between the Sudanese state and Southern rebels. In particular, it examines how racial thought and rhetoric were used in international debates about the political destiny of the South. By placing the state and rebels within the same frame, the book uncovers the competition for Sudan’s reputation. It reveals the discursive techniques both sides employed to elicit support from diverse audiences, amidst the intellectual ferment of Pan-Africanism, the Cold War, and Black liberation politics. It maintains that the interplay of silences and articulations in both the rebels' and the state’s texts concealed and complicated aspects of the country’s political conflict. In sum, the book demonstrates that the war of words waged abroad represents a strategic, but often overlooked, aspect of the Sudanese civil wars.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Columbia University, New York City, USA

    Sebabatso C. Manoeli

About the author

Sebabatso C. Manoeli is a Research Associate in the Department of History at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She leads programme strategy at the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity at Columbia University, USA, and previously, she held a lectureship in African history at the University of Oxford, UK.    

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sudan’s “Southern Problem”

  • Book Subtitle: Race, Rhetoric and International Relations, 1961-1991

  • Authors: Sebabatso C. Manoeli

  • Series Title: African Histories and Modernities

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-28770-2Published: 13 December 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-28773-3Published: 12 December 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-28771-9Published: 04 December 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2634-5773

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-5781

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 245

  • Topics: History of North Africa, Social History, Political History, Diplomacy

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